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Anti-Racism in Europe: An Intersectional Approach to the Discourse on Empowerment through the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020–2025

Media Center, Technische Universität Dresden, 01069 Dresden, Germany
Academic Editors: Zenia Hellgren and Bálint Ábel Bereményi
Soc. Sci. 2021, 10(4), 137; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10040137
Received: 8 March 2021 / Revised: 2 April 2021 / Accepted: 8 April 2021 / Published: 14 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Racialized Citizenship in Superdiverse Europe)
Anti-racism in Europe operates in political, policy, and civic spaces, in which organizations try to counter racial discrimination and violence. This paper applies a textual analysis to the European discourse of the transnationally connected anti-racism movement that shaped the European Union (henceforth EU) anti-racism action plan 2020–2025. The plan seeks to address structural racism in the EU through an intersectional lens. Alana Lentin, however, cautions that the structuring principles of anti-racism approaches can obscure “irrefutable reciprocity between racism and the modern nation-state”. Against the backdrop of a critique intersectionality mainstreaming in global anti-racist movements, this paper draws on Kimberly Crenshaw’s concept of intersectionality to critically examine the practices outlined in the EU anti-racism action plan to understand (1) the extent to which the EU anti-racism action addresses the historical baggage of European imperialism, (2) the influence of transnational anti-racism organizations such as the European Network Against Racism (henceforth ENAR) in reinforcing universalisms about notions of humanity in anti-racism activism through language and (3) the limitations that the EU anti-racism action plan poses for the empowerment of racially marginalized groups of people. View Full-Text
Keywords: anti-racism; intersectionality; EU anti-racism action plan 2020–2025; activism anti-racism; intersectionality; EU anti-racism action plan 2020–2025; activism
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Müller, C. Anti-Racism in Europe: An Intersectional Approach to the Discourse on Empowerment through the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020–2025. Soc. Sci. 2021, 10, 137. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10040137

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Müller C. Anti-Racism in Europe: An Intersectional Approach to the Discourse on Empowerment through the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020–2025. Social Sciences. 2021; 10(4):137. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10040137

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Müller, Carolin. 2021. "Anti-Racism in Europe: An Intersectional Approach to the Discourse on Empowerment through the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan 2020–2025" Social Sciences 10, no. 4: 137. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10040137

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